Build Healthy Futures: Support Health in Schools

by School-Based Health Alliance
May 22, 2012

Updates from the School-Based Health Care Field

NASBHC has been extremely busy these last few months, and we’re excited about all we have to share in this Global Giving report. Your support is what makes all of this possible, and we’d like to thank you for having such an impact on the health of youth and adolescents.

School-Based Health Center Capital Grant Program

On May 9th, 2012, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, announced the next round of construction and equipment grants for SBHCs: $75 million to be awarded to approximately 150 sponsors from the School-Based Health Center Capital (SBHCC) Program. This funding is in addition to previous disbursements of $95 and $14 million in funding throughout 2011.

This one-time investment, combined with local funds that support school-based health care, will improve health and education outcomes for thousands of students. Together, we pushed hard for SBHC’s inclusion in the Affordable Care Act, and this funding is a direct result of our work, supported by donors like you.

These bricks and mortar dollars are an important first step – but SBHCs need direct federal financial support for operations to continue delivering quality comprehensive services to our nation’s children and adolescents. We know we can count on you to help us keep up the fight as we continue to advocate for school-based health care in your community and around the country.

NASBHC Updates:

Oral Health

Last summer, the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC), in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, launched a training and technical assistance project with 20 school-based health centers (SBHCs). During the 10-month initiative, the grantees expanded the capacity of school-based primary care clinicians to deliver preventative oral health services.

The program was a huge success. The grantees now have the knowledge and capacity to identify children and adolescents that are at risk for dental diseases, and referral networks with local dental providers to ensure that high risk patients have increased access to treatment services, as well as a dental home. Several of the current grantees will conduct a storyboard poster session at the 2012 National School-Based Health Care Convention to discuss their experiences with the project.

We are proud to announce we have awarded a second round of grants to 20 organizations in 10 states. Click here for a list of the grantees. These SBHCs will participate in a 14-month quality assurance collaborative designed to enhance the capacity of school-based primary care clinicians to deliver oral health preventive services. Learn more about this exciting program, and our partnership with Kaiser Permanente, on our website.

New Staff

We’re pleased to welcome two new staff members since our last Global Giving update: Joy Twesigye, Program Manager, and Molly Foltzer, Program Assistant.

Joy Twesigye, MS, MPP, WHNP-BC joined NASBHC in 2012 as the Program Manager. Her diverse background in health care equals over 10 years of direct care delivery, working with government agencies/programs, public and private payers, and health care institutions. In her position at NASBHC she is responsible for overseeing and monitoring project management, delivering and developing training materials as well as managing two large national cooperative agreements with federal agencies.

Molly Foltzer joined NASBHC in May of 2012 as a Program Assistant. Prior to this position, Molly worked as a Health Educator and Crisis Counselor in the Women’s Health and Reproductive Justice Field. She also has experience supporting immigrant health through medical interpretation services, and acted as the Prevention and Education Intern for a HIV/AIDS related nonprofit. Molly graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in Sociology, Spanish, and Health Studies. She is currently a MPH Candidate with a focus in Health Promotion. 

NASBHC’s 2010 – 2011 Annual Report Available Online

The theme of 2010 - 2011's Annual Report is Breakthrough: A Year of Growth and Change, and it highlights our recent successes advancing school-based health care on Capitol Hill, in communities, and in schools; advocating for national policies, programs, and funding; and building community capacity to provide high quality, comprehensive services. View and download our Annual Report online.

2012 National School-Based Health Care Convention is June 24 – 27th in Albuquerque, New Mexico!

Every year the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC) brings together more than 800 child and adolescent health providers and advocates for the National School-Based Health Care Convention.

The 2012 theme: New Directions for School-Based Health Care: Hot Topics for our Future highlights our focus on recent advancements of school-based health care on Capitol Hill, in communities, and in schools.

NASBHC’s Convention is the premier advocacy, networking, and continuing education forum for school-based health professionals and those interested in and working around the intersection between health and education.

To view a preliminary program and to register online visit  



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School-Based Health Alliance

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​
School-Based Health Alliance
Project Leader:
Kyle Taylor
Outreach and Engagement Associate
Washington, DC United States

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